How to Help Your Students Work Through Traumatic Experiences

Students today seem to have more sensitive, traumatic issues than ever before. But sometimes the drills we do — active shooter drills, for example — can cause their own type of trauma. Some kids might even need to opt out of some of those drills.  Child trauma psychologist, Dr. Steven Berkowitz helps us understand children and trauma. This episode will help us all be more sensitive to the emotional needs of students and parents who have been through some tough issues.

Sometimes we need to talk about hard, unpleasant things. We learn what to do because we love children and we want to do right by them. But there are also some things that come up in this discussion about conducting code blue drills. For example, do you practice your parent notification system as part of the drill? Do you tell parents? We touch on these and more issues relating to childhood trauma and active shooter drills in schools.
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Classtag: A Tool to Help with Parent Support

[callout]Parents and teachers need to be partners. Bring parents in the loop. Be intentional to help parents know how to support your classroom. That’s one of the things that caught my attention about a new app called ClassTag.

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Class Tag’s primary focus is turning parents into partners. They’ve developed a tool for strengthening and deepening the support parents give teachers from home. At the heart of the tool is a system for effortlessly showing parents how to give you the support you and your student need. I’ll tell you more about this tool in the coming weeks. Check it out now. [/callout]

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Who is Dr. Steven Berkowitz

Dr. Steven Berkowitz is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and the Co-chair of the Disaster and Trauma Issues of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has responded to many mass casualty events and has written extensively on the topic of childhood trauma.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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